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Head of Learning - Extn: 622
As Head of Learning for Earthwatch, Rachel leads the development and delivery of Earthwatch's learning strategy: to engage key audiences in transformational learning programmes, developing environmental sustainability leadership and inspiring behavioural change at an individual and organisational level. Prior to this, she designed the HSBC Climate Partnership Climate Champion Programme, an experiential learning programme which delivers climate change education and creates internal sustainability change agents with HSBC.
Rachel started her career in sales and marketing, working in a variety of national and international roles for Unilever & PepsiCo. In 2003, she took a career break and spent 6 months travelling around S-E Asia, China and India on the back of a truck!
Returning from travelling, Rachel re-trained to work in executive coaching and corporate leadership/team development, subsequently designing and leading values-based leadership development programmes. She developed an innovative approach to leadership and team development, blending experiential group learning with community projects from international NGO partners, including Save the Children, before joining Earthwatch in 2007.
Corporate Learning Manager - Extn: 866
Zoe works on the Climate Champion Programme, an experiential learning programme on climate change designed for HSBC's global workforce. She also supports the development and delivery of Earthwatch's organisational learning strategy.
Before joining the Learning department Zoe spent five years working in communications, managing Earthwatch's busy press office and the events department.
She has been lucky enough to join Earthwatch projects in Scotland, Canada, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ghana and Malaysia and recently spent three months delivering training courses at Earthwatch's Regional Climate Centre in India. She then took a sabbatical and spent a further three months travelling.
Zoe has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and History from the University of Sussex and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations; she is also an NLP practitioner (neuro-linguistic programming). Before joining Earthwatch Zoe worked as a teacher in Hong Kong, Spain and Indonesia. She is an avid traveller, a keen skier, an amateur surfer and a lover of all foods that are spicy and vegetarian.
Gary Pass MSc BSc
Senior Learning Manager – Corporate Programmes – Extn: 689
Gary is the global lead for the development and delivery of corporate learning programmes at Earthwatch. He has a foundation in environmental science and a track-record of senior roles in direct marketing and project management.
He was a core member of the Merchants Group, helping the company become European leader in customer management consulting in the 1990s. Senior roles included Head of Account Management (UK) and Head of Customer Services (Netherlands). As a senior consultant for the group he specialised in leadership, performance and behavioural change before founding his own change agent practice in 1999.
Gary has a flexibility and depth of experience with public and private sector organisations in Europe and Asia-Pacific including AMP (Australia), Volkswagen (UK), Kimberley-Clark (Europe) and Centrica/One-Tel (UK & India). His ability to work strategically and support effective implementation is a valuable combination that matches the demands of complexity and change associated with sustainability and responsible competitiveness.
Gary has a BSc in environmental science (Plymouth) and MSc in personal and organisational change (Surrey). He is a member of ODiN (OD Innovation Network) and a former Panel member of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. He and his family live in the Cotswolds where he loves to return to the welcoming sound of birdsong and to play the occasional tune on his fiddle.
Corporate Learning Manager
Abi Jermain is the Learning and Communications Manager at the Europe RCC. She has worked for Earthwatch for many years in environmental engagement and learning and brings extensive experience from other Earthwatch programmes from Kenya to Europe.
She has a Masters degree in Environment, Development and Policy and a background in influencing environmental policy making through her work with environmental NGOs and research institutes.
Abi is passionate about working with individuals to help them make environmental changes in their work and home life.
Learning Manager – Emerging Scientists - Extn: 284
Sarah came to Earthwatch in October 2000 as a Community Officer supporting people to undertake environmental projects in their local area. She has managed an Environmental Engagement team, to deliver corporate, teacher and emerging scientist fellowship programmes. In March 2006 Sarah took over as Capacity Development Programme Manager, thriving on the challenges of fielding African, Asian and Eastern European conservationists, scientists and educators. In 2010 Sarah joined the Learning team and is now focusing on designing, delivering and developing a learning programme for emerging scientists.
Sarah has visited the Earthwatch projects Belize Manatees, Sri Lanka's Temple Monkeys, Puerto Rico's Rainforest, Owl Habitat of Cape Horn, Eagles of Mull and Whales and Dolphins of the Hebrides. She has worked with scientists throughout Africa and Asia and on our Brazil Jaguar project and is currently working on our new Oman Programme.
She previously worked for the Wildlife Trust in Oxford, spent six months in rural Tanzania with Health Projects Abroad and managed an education and development programme working with East African refugees. She has a BA (Hons) in Modern History from Hull University. Sarah is the proud mother of Burt and Stanley and hopes to inspire both boys to make at difference to their environment.
Phil Dickinson MSc MIPD
Senior Learning Manager Oman
Phil leads the Learning elements of the Earthwatch Oman Programme, as well as being the lead on Earthwatch’s Youth/Educator and Conservation Professionals Learning Strategy worldwide.
In Oman, Phil is working in the education system; both with schools local to Earthwatch projects, and feeding learning and resources into the National Curriculum. He is also working with many partners on the development of field scientists and conservation staff.
Phil joined Earthwatch in March 2011 after 15 years running his own consultancy - People Developments. He brings experience as a Management and Leadership Development Consultant, both in company with ICL/Fujitsu and independently working with many other leading organisations (including IBM, BBC, NHS and Reuters). Phil has experience as a line manager, a technical trainer, and previously as a teacher of biology and geography.
Phil has an MSc in Management Development, is an NLP Master Practitioner, very experienced in the use of MBTI Step 1 and 2, and is qualified in various psychometrics, particularly focusing on emotional intelligence. He is also a qualified teacher of the Enneagram.
Phil lives on the south coast of the UK in Portsmouth, sails a yacht he built, makes pots and is learning to play the cello.
HSBC Online Manager - Ext: 814
Alex joined Earthwatch in 2008 as HSBC Online Project Manager – supporting the HSBC Climate Partnership Programme with online learning, collaboration tools and social networking activities.
He has studied human biology and philosophy and has worked in a number of areas including medical laboratories, tutorial colleges and a law firm. He has spent the last 7 years working in the NGO sector first with Oxfam, supporting humanitarian responses, development programmes and campaigns through online communications tools before joining Earthwatch.
In his spare time Alex has a wide range of interests from nature, sport, cookery, art and music. No weekend is the same – from dangling from a rock face one minute to relaxing in a floatation tank the next!
HSBC On- Line – The HSBC Climate Partnership - Extn: 835
Emma joined Earthwatch at the beginning of April 2008. Working with several corporate partners such as HSBC and Land Rover, she supports staff throughout their fielding process and makes sure employees are well prepared for their expeditions. She moved positions in October 2009 to concentrate on the HSBC partnership she now works on the communications and e-learning side of the programme.
Emma gained a BSc in Environmental Science/Biology and a LLM (Master of Laws) in Environmental Law and Management at Aberystwyth University. Since leaving university she has taken numerous evening classes at Cardiff University such as Marine Conservation and Spanish. Emma has travelled extensively round Australasia, Europe, Usa and Canada, she has spent time volunteering in an orphanage in Thailand, and also lived in Barcelona for three years, where she taught English. Emma is a keen conservationist and has taken part in many community projects both overseas and in her beloved homeland, Wales.
Emma has a real creative flair. In one of her previous roles she was a window dresser/stylist and she now enjoys amateur photography and dressmaking. Emma also loves anything outdoorsy - horse riding, sailing, snowboarding and learning to surf. She also loves making soup!